Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The February installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from Oral Roberts.
Samantha Watson, Cross Country/Track &
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Samantha led ORU in all six cross country races this fall, including four top-20 finishes in her senior season. During her cross country career she has been ORU’s top finisher in 18 races, earned all-conference honors the past two years and was the lone ORU representative at the NCAA Cross Country Regional in her sophomore season. Samantha has also excelled in track finishing second overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Nebraska Quad in 2014, runner-up in the indoor 3,000-meter run at the 2013 Bob Timmons Challenge, Southland Conference 3000-meter steeplechase runner up in 2013, as well as Kansas Relays Steeple champ in 2013. Samantha earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year in cross country as a sophomore. She was recently named to The Summit League Academic Distinguished Scholars List after earning Southland Conference All-Academic Team in 2012-2013 and again in 2013-2014. She served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2013-2014, was elected Vice President of SAAC in 2014-15 and has represented ORU at the conference level this year. Her community service activities include a Walk for Alzheimer’s, volunteering at Salvation Army and a home for battered women, and raising money and packing 40 gifts for an international Christmas Shoe Box project.
Kaily Cox, Women’s Soccer
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Tulsa, Okla.
Kaily’s outstanding academic performance as evidenced by her perfect 4.00 GPA, has recently earned her the distinction of becoming the first women’s soccer player from ORU to be named a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American. She earned Academic All Summit League in soccer and has also recently been named to The Summit League Academic Distinguished Scholars List. Kaily consistently impresses people in the classroom and in the Tulsa community with her vast knowledge and her heart to serve. She has received national recognition by successfully cloning the genes of a plant and has been awarded a prestigious internship through the Tulsa Area Bioscience and Research Consortium (TABERC), a group devoted to developing bioscience research and providing technical training. She has also received early acceptance into medical school. Kaily has been actively involved in campus and team outreach activities, but has also taken the initiative to individually volunteer at a local hospital. She is arranging and coordinating the soccer team outreach activities for this spring. In addition to her volunteer activities, Kaily finds time to tutor many of her teammates in science classes. On the pitch, Kaily has also excelled. As a sophomore, she started every game, was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, and made the all-conference first team. She was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week during a season in which she anchored a backline that allowed just 17 goals, an ORU school record. This year, Kaily earned second team All-Summit League honors from College Sports Madness.
Guillermo Trujillo, Baseball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Chihuahua, Mexico
Major: Church History
Guillermo was named an honorable mention all-conference selection last season. He was named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week in the middle of the season after posting a complete game, nine inning, two-hit shutout. Last year, he finished second on the ORU pitching staff with a 3.11 ERA and led the team with 63 strikeouts in 81 innings of work as a sophomore. As a freshman, Guillermo struck out 33 batters in 39 innings. He will be relied upon this year as a mainstay in the starting pitching rotation in the upcoming season. Guillermo is originally from Mexico, but has been very active in a variety of outreaches into the Tulsa community including volunteering at Saint Francis Children's Hospital, assisting with the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" for cancer, the Tulsa Walk to End Alzheimer's, and helping distribute food to needy families through one of the local churches.
Information written and compiled by Oral Roberts University.